Food waste monitoring and road map project

European Commission has prepared a statue draft about measurement of food waste. The statue has been approved as delegated act for member states in May 2019. According to statue the member states have to report their food waste level to commission since 2020.

Food waste = inedible (like bones and peels of fruits) and edible food which is not utilized as human consumption, feed or other value components.

Edible food waste = originally edible food which is not utilized as human consumption, feed or other value components.

In Spring 2018 Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) started a three-year project (Food waste monitoring and road map) which aim is to build a national monitoring system together with food chain actors and ministries. In the project will be develop tools to monitor food waste and will be produced a one-year baseline information about food waste and food losses amounts in the whole food chain. The primary emphasis is on the edible food losses but also amount of inedible food waste will be followed.

Figure 1. The methods and sample sizes at the different phase of food chain. In 2020 a new project was started aiming at developing further the methods and increase the sample sizes. 

In addition to amounts of food waste also key tools to reduce food waste and losses in the whole food chain has been identified. In the project has been organized two big workshops for the whole food chain. The aim of the workshops has been to create national road map for reducing and monitoring food waste in the food chain. The goal is to make road map a constantly updated tool which advance reduce of food waste to most cost effective and holistic direction. The project has been in close collaboration with a EU funding Life IP Circwaste project. By drawing up the road map a food waste flows in the whole food chain and interface of chain, voluntary tools to reduce food waste and legislation will be taken into account. The whole food sector and its stakeholders have participated to write out the road map and the whole food chain are trying to tie to goals. The road map is also notable for EU commission since based on the road map the commission will evaluate the potential to reduce food waste and losses and set targets to reduce food waste.

Figure 2. Key topics of food waste reduction road map.